Grouped around a low table, three neighbouring district of Stalingrad, in Paris, spread to the chain of French bread with Nutella. Around them, small groups of sudanese migrants to a succession of swallow speed a semblance of breakfast.
It is a little over 9 hours, Friday, October 28, avenue de Flandres, in the 19e district of the capital. Short of breath, Abla, and a volunteer for Emmaus, oversees the operations. the “Every night, it gets more and more”, sigh that comes every morning at dawn provide assistance to migrants in need. For a few days, she observes the camps of migrants from the north-east of paris grow fast. Yesterday morning, I served nearly 250 cafes. It is a lot more than usual”, she said between two slices.
a Result of the dismantling of the Calais “jungle”, some of the exiles recalcitrant to the idea of starting in one of the 287 centres of welcome and orientation distributed a little everywhere in france have made the choice to turn to the capital. How much ? the “It is very difficult to estimate”, recognizes Patrick, a member of the collective, The Chapel Standing, which follows the migrants and refugees for over a year. After the first lift of ground, about 300 persons from Calais would have been able to install their tents on the sidewalks of the neighborhood in a few days. the “three days ago, we distributed 700 to 800 meals. Today, there is more than 1 000. I don’t know how we’ll do,” says his side Charles Drane, coordinator for the Agency adventist development and humanitarian aid (Adra), which distributes lunch to migrants. An evolution that can be seen with the naked eye.
Since the destruction of the ‘jungle’, the camp of the avenue de Flandres has increased at least 50 meters.
Navil, 24-year-old native of South Sudan, has pitched his tent on a mound a few metres from the bassin de la Villette. A few days ago, he was in the slums of Calais. He decided to leave for Paris just before the arrival of the bulldozers. Like many other of his compatriots, Navil has decided to flee the conflict that has ravaged his country for three years now. Like others, he attempted to join the United Kingdom to lodge an application for asylum.
today, he speaks pretty good French, and aspire to live in france. But despite his departure from the “jungle”, his daily life is far to be improved.
Paris, this is much harder than the jungle. In Calais, there were doctors, associations… And here the police is not the same. In Calais, they said hello
below, girophares are reflected on the windows of the shops. Early in the morning, a company of CRS accompanied police officers are conducting an “operation check” on the camp avenue de Flandres. Clearly, a verification of the administrative situation of the occupants and the arrest of undocumented persons.
According to several witnesses, about thirty people were taken to a bus, to an unknown direction. Contacted by Agence France-presse, the prefecture of police has declined to comment.
a hundred meters from here, in the metro station Jaurès, the exiled afghan ensure they do not have seen the arrival of compatriots from Calais these days. Most are there for a month or more. Deemed to be more determined to join England because of their mastery of the language and of the strong presence of the afghan community in the uk, the latter believe that their fellow citizens have chosen to move away from the coast of Opal. A journalist at the independent this Wednesday on the “jungle” and today in Paris, agrees. According to it, “a lot of migrants have preferred to take trains in the direction of Belgium”.
Even the sound of a bell from the side of the camp of the Ethiopians and Eritreans, under the tracks of the skytrain. the “No Calais here, no Calais”, repeated a young. According to him, these new arrivals will concern the sudanese migrants. A hypothesis to be credible in the eyes of Saddam, a Sudanese installed on avenue de Flandres in a tent : “Every day, I see new people arrive in Calais. All Sudanese.”
others remain more skeptical. the “I know that some people want to go to Calais, but the reverse…”, says his countryman Osman, 27 years old. Smartphone in hand, a close friend of Osman advanced towards us. On the screen, the image of a young smiling man, feet in the sand, his back to the waves. “He was called Mustafa, he died a few days ago trying to get to England, on the motorway from Calais.”
As a solution, the authorities say that an evacuation will take place “in the coming days”. It will pave the way for the opening of the first reception centre humanitarian response for migrants to the capital, with an initial capacity of 400 beds. On Friday, according to the associations, they were between 1 500 and 2 000 on the encampments of the triangle of migrants to Paris.
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